Even though I grew up in Minnesota, I'm a lifelong fan of the New York Yankees. I enjoy visiting the graves of all types of notable people, especially Baseball Hall of Famers, presidents, and Civil War generals. One of my favorite cemeteries is Congressional Cemetery in Washington, DC, the oldest national cemetery in the country and home of Mathew Brady, John Philip Sousa, Clyde Tolson, Leonard Matlovich, and J. Edgar Hoover (on one trip there I discovered someone had left a fuchsia bra and panties on Hoover's grave). Unfortunately, I also found that this cemetery is the place where DC residents bring their dogs at 7:00 each morning (thus, this is a good time to avoid the cemetery). The dogs ran wild, crapped on graves, and sniffed my crotch (which I suppose was a tad better than sniffing the graves and crapping on my crotch). My fun with death extends beyond graveyard exploring to being a participant in a Fantasy Death League. I was the winner of our 1998 league, having correctly predicted the deaths of, among others, Pol Pot, Eddie Rabbitt, Barry Goldwater, Linda McCartney, Harry Caray, and Jack Lord. A real highlight for me was scoring 27 points (100 minus the age being the scoring system in our league) with Spiro Agnew in 1996. I made a point of visiting Spiro's grave the following July as a means of saying thanks. I work for the State of Minnesota, doing public-affairs work with the public drinking water program. I also do public speaking on the side, and one of my more popular presentations is a slide show of graves that I've visited. In addition to that, I'm a free-lance writer. I've written about 30 books, mostly about sports, for adults and young readers. My latest project is a book about the Polo Grounds, the historic stadium in New York City. I've co-authored one children's science book with my now-wife, Brenda Himrich. She and I live in Roseville, Minnesota, with our cat, Ponce. For those interested, one of the pages on my web site is a list of Baseball Hall of Fame graves. I started visiting Baseball Hall of Fame graves in February 1995. It took me nearly seven years, but I finished getting to all of them (184 graves later) when I visited Eddie Mathew's grave in Santa Barbara, California, on January 19, 2002. I've stayed current with almost all of the new dead Hall of Famers (over 200 now) as well as with U. S. Presidents and Vice Presidents and Minnesota governors. Find-a-Grave is a great web site, and I enjoy contributing to it.
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